Thanksgiving or Christmas Cactus; Do You Know the Difference?

Most likely, if you’re buying a blooming holiday cactus before the holidays, its a Thanksgiving cactus, not a Christmas cactus. I can’t begin to tell you how often I see stores advertising Thanksgiving cactus as Christmas cactus. (And we’re not even going to bring up their bastard cousin, the Easter cactus – Schlumbergera gaertneri.) ItContinue reading “Thanksgiving or Christmas Cactus; Do You Know the Difference?”

5 Steps to a Blingy Winter Container

Happy winter, everyone! I’m excited to be making my evergreen winter pots again!! Winter season pots have to handle a lot of adverse conditions and actually have to last a long time, up to five months. This year, I decided a ‘BLINGY’ winter container was the direction I’m going. Your 5 Steps to a BlingyContinue reading “5 Steps to a Blingy Winter Container”

How to Buy And Burn Firewood Like a Pro

After reading these tips, you will not only be able to buy the best firewood for your buck, you’ll be able to burn that firewood without smoking out your house or neighbors! There are not many things that I like about cold weather, however snuggling-up to a roaring fire with my honey tops the list!Continue reading “How to Buy And Burn Firewood Like a Pro”

Perennials For Autumn Color

When folks think of autumn color, trees are surely their first thought. However, not many folks realize that there are some perennials that put on a pretty good show at the end of the season also. So, if you’re the kind of gardener that wants the most bang-for-their-buck out of their herbaceous plants, here’s aContinue reading “Perennials For Autumn Color”

Autumn Annual Containers

My favorite season is on its way, AUTUMN!!! Which also means it’s time for autumn annual containers. The only thing you need remember for a well-presented display is: Thriller, Filler & Spiller! Thriller is that one large plant that is generally in the center and taller than the rest. Filler are those mid-range sized plants,Continue reading “Autumn Annual Containers”

DIY Potpourri After Gardening

After a hard day of deadheading your flowers, instead of tossing them in the compost bin, how about some DIY potpourri!?! Potpourri Fixings: Potpourri can be made from many different things from your yard that you’d normally consider waste. Woody seedheads, nutshells and even tree bark can hold fragrance essences for a long time. The only thingsContinue reading “DIY Potpourri After Gardening”

Asparagus: An Edible Privacy Border Hedge

Using an asparagus hedge is just one way to incorporate an edible plant into the ornamental landscape. It’s easy to grow and good for you! Asparagus is So Healthy Mother Nature sure knew what she was doing when she created asparagus. Asparagus is low in calories & sodium. It is a good source of calcium,Continue reading “Asparagus: An Edible Privacy Border Hedge”

Grasses for Autumn Color

Many folks think of trees and shrubs for fall color, however ornamental grasses also offer exceptional autumn color. Here’s a great list of grasses to add to your garden designs. (Click here for Perennials with autumn color) Grasses offering RED autumn colors: Imperata ‘Red Baron’ – Japanese blood grass – under 2 feet – FoliageContinue reading “Grasses for Autumn Color”

Keeping Cut Flowers Blooming Strong

Keeping your cut flowers as fresh for as long as possible is easy with this list of tips. First, choose a clean vase or container for your arrangement. For hard-to-clean narrow-necked containers, simply add dried beans or coarse salt to the vase with water and swish. Here in limestone land (alkaline), I use some vinegarContinue reading “Keeping Cut Flowers Blooming Strong”